Bunsen Peak, Yellowstone National Park

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Bunsen Peak el. 8564ft is a prominent peak due south of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The peak lies on the east flank of Kingman Pass on the Mammoth to Norris section of the Grand Loop Road. The peak was first ascended by Ferdinand V. Hayden and Captain John W. Barlow in 1871, Bunsen Peak was not named until 1872 during the second Hayden Geologic Survey. E. S. Topping named the peak Observation Mountain in 1872 as well, but that name did not stick. The Bunsen Peak Trail with its trailhead just south of Mammoth is a steep 2.1mi to the summit. Bunsen Peak was named for the German chemist Robert Bunsen, the inventor of the Bunsen Burner and responsible for early work on volcanic geyser theories.
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  • It’s up ahead off in the distance yet towering over the road as you travel south from Mammoth. What is that mountain and how did it get such a vaguely familiar name? It turns out Dr. Robert Bunsen of ...  more »
  • Leaving Norris for Mammoth we stopped enroute. Party of 13 we took the 2 hour moderate hike to the top and an hour down. Incentive for the teenagers was WiFi access at the peak a good motivation to ma...  more »
  • We loved hiking Bunsen Peak. There are three great viewing areas on top. Hike was moderately strenuous for middle age mom, mild to moderate for teenage boys and husband, but beautiful for all. A real ...  more »
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  • There is a nice view of Yellowstone from this place.
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